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No 2005:41:
Nonlinear Taxation and Punishment

Tommy Andersson ()

Abstract: The paper analyzes nonlinear tax schedules that are identified by maximizing a welfare function represented by a weighted summation of net utilities over a set of n>=3 differing individuals. We demonstrate that some of the feasible and Pareto efficient tax schedules that satisfy self-selection can only be identified by maximizing a welfare function of the above form if (at least) one of the individuals in the economy is assigned a negative weight.

Keywords: Nonlinear taxation; Pareto efficiency; self-selection; welfare weights; (follow links to similar papers)

JEL-Codes: D82; H21; (follow links to similar papers)

10 pages, September 30, 2005

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Andersson, Tommy, (2007), 'Nonlinear Taxation and Punishment', International Journal of Economic Theory, Vol. 3, No. 1, pages 49-58

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